Lisa Riley has revealed she’s been sober for the past three years.
The 42-year-old actress revealed to Friday’s Loose Women panel she was forced to give up alcohol due to ‘changes,’ before admitting she used to binge on a bottle of wine a night.
Lisa admitted that during the days when she used to binge on booze, she was spending 12 hours a day filming the drama Fat Friends, but remained oblivious that the amount she drank was out of the ordinary.
Shocking: Lisa Riley has revealed she hasn’t had a drink for three years, after spending months binging on a bottle of wine a night
Speaking to panellists Nadia Sawalha, Kaye Adams and Linda Nolan, Lisa admitted she was forced to go teetotal for various reasons, and that she was approaching the mark of three years without a drink.
The Age Before Beauty star also said she would order drinks in bars that could pass for alcohol at a glance, to avoid questions from friends on why she wouldn’t drink.
She said: ‘It’s coming up to three years since I had a drink because of the change and stuff.
‘When I go out I’d think right I’ll have a fizzy water with lime because it looks like a gin and tonic to stop people going ”oh why aren’t you drinking?!”
Surprising: The 42-year-old actress told the Loose Women panel she used to self-medicate with alcohol, and was forced to give it up in recent years due to ‘changes’
Down in one! Lisa admitted that she used on a bottle of wine or more a night during filming for Fat Friends, and had no awareness of the impact the drink was having on her
Lisa went onto admit she used to self-medicate with alcohol as she filmed the fourth series of Fat Friends in 2005, especially after the passing of her grandmother.
Despite still being able to get up and spend 12 hours a day filming, the former Emmerdale star added that she was oblivious to anything else going on due to the alcohol sedation.
She added: ‘When we were filming Fat Friends, especially series four when my gran died, I was self-medicating fully, I was having a bottle of wine, I was doing 11/12 hour days it never affected my job. Did I have awareness? No!
‘I wouldn’t have had any awareness, I was the one, car back from work, had my supper, right wine, and I had no idea.
‘The following morning, six crumpets no questions, that was me soaking up!’
Struggling: Lisa added that her drinking was at its worst during filming for the fourth series of Fat Friends in 2005, which came just after the passing of her grandmother
Transformed: Lisa also revealed drinking partially led to her weight gain, as she used to ‘soak up’ the booze with food
Since then Lisa has transformed herself after losing 12 stone in just 18 months, going from a size 28 to a size 12.
The Strictly Come Dancing star has previously spoken openly about her battles with excess skin after losing the pounds, and has since gone under the knife twice to have the skin removed.
In a recent interview with Love Sunday Magazine, Lisa said people still find it baffling that she has been able to keep the weight off, with one person following her into a changing room,.
She said: ‘Once someone watched me go into a changing room, then barged in pretending it was an accident. I assume because they wanted to see my body. I just said, ‘You want to see my scars?’ and just stood there for all to see.’
Transformed: In recent years Lisa has lost a total of 12 stone, going from a size 28 to a size 12 (left in 2012)